The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission NCC, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, has appealed to Nigerian youths to take advantage of Federal Governments laudable policies which have found expression in many activities of the Commission targeting the youth.
Prof Danbatta made the disclosure during the 10th and 11th combined convocation lecture of the Fountain University at Osogbo, Osun state.
The title of the lecture was” empowering the Nigerian youth through information and Communications technology”.
According to him, the ICT support Hub and Engagement Programme brings youth together in the Nigerian tech ecosystem to deliberate and recommend frameworks and strategies for the development of the sector.
The impact of ICT revolution in all parts of human endeavour across countries and continent, will continue to penetrate and foster qualitative and quantitative changes in all aspects of life.
He further added that in all continent of the world people, organizations and countries have continued to witness leaps and bounds in economic, social and political activities through instrumentality of ICT.
“This has meshed computing, information and Communications technology to catalyse development in ways and manners human never envisaged decades ago”.
Prof Danbatta disclosed that Uber the world largest taxi company, owns no vehicle, and Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider owns no real estate. Facebook is the world’s most popular public- facing digital-mediated social network platform, and create little or no content .
“Alibaba a leading global retailer has no inventory yet they have become signposts of prosperity riding wholly on ICT resources. It would be a failing prophesy decades ago if anyone had said a company with no vehicle, just through an application will control more than 75 million active commercial drivers in almost 80 countries.” “It would also be contested that through a mere app, a company will provide accommodation to millions of travellers and tourists in more than 100,000 cities of the world.
Danbatta stated that the overarching objective of the engagement is to harness the innovative and creative energy of young people to promote ICT innovation and entrepreneurships.
While noting that it will provide linkage between policy makers , industry, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts to leverage the power of digital technology through local content development.
He indicated that the engagement and collaboration aligns with the Commission’s policy of inclusiveness, which by the reckoning of development scholars is imperative for growth and development.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Olalekan Sanni described Prof Danbatta as an accomplished academician and administrator whose wealth of experience was considered worthy of tapping into by the University Community towards proffering solutions to the issue of youth empowerment, and to suggest ways for enhancing Nigerians socio-economic life through effective leveraging of ICT.